What started as a closer look at John C. Lincoln Network’s 30-day Medicare readmissions for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia kicked off a plethora of quality improvements for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, including the hiring of care transition coaches, extension of primary care hours and tightening of key gaps in care. (Source: Healthcare Intelligence Network)Read More »
One in five Medicare patients is readmitted within a month. More than one in three patients are not getting lab tests, follow-up care or needed referrals. It seems as if healthcare could use a shot in the arm, doesn’t it? Yet, when we look at numbers, we see some good ones, too, such as a 43 percent increase in patient satisfaction. See these numbers and more in this infographic. (Source: Ragan’s Healthcare Communication News)
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The business of emergency response is always facing new challenges, whether it be advanced technology and equipment, new on-scene medical procedures or the growing stress of the job.
Another one headed their way is something the entire medical community faces — health care reform.
“We’re looking at a community paramedic program where we’d have paramedics on the street that wouldn’t run an ambulance, but just have a car,” said Dan Wheeley, executive director of Washington County/Johnson City EMS. (Source: Johnson City Press)
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Helping people who were recently released from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study.
Researchers found that implementing a statewide transitional care program for North Carolinians on Medicaid – the state and federal insurance for the poor – was linked to a 20 percent reduction in patients’ risk of going back to the hospital during the next year.
“That finding is fairly consistent with what had been shown in other studies… We were hoping to achieve that big of a difference. The novelty was being able to achieve it on this scale,” Dr. Annette DuBard, the study’s lead author from Community Care of North Carolina in Raleigh, told Reuters Health.
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Hospital readmissions is one of the buzziest phrases in health care over the past year, as new federal penalties went into effect that fine hospitals up to 1 percent of their base Medicare payments for high readmissions.
The federal government recently released the new penalty rates that it will charge hospitals for the year beginning Oct. 1. In Nashville, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Saint Thomas West Hospital (formerly Saint Thomas Hospital) both saw notable decreases in penalty rates.Read More »
Did you know that heart disease kills 600,000 Americans each year? And that stroke kills and additional 130,000 people? While these numbers are startling, they represent a key opportunity for home health providers to help prevent heart attacks and strokes and ultimately save lives.
The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign is now offering a new Cardiovascular Health Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) that provides evidence-based tools, resources and research on aspirin use as appropriate and blood pressure control. To download the package:
- Go to the HHQI website.
- Log in using this link (if you aren’t logged in already).
- Go to the Education tab to see a list of BPIPs.
- Click on the Cardiovascular Health Part 1 BPIP link.
Patients who fail to take their medications as prescribed by their doctors – an act known as medication nonadherence – have been a growing concern for physicians and the healthcare industry for a number of years. (Source: Dorland Health)
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A variety of forces are pushing hospitals to improve their discharge processes to reduce readmissions. Researchers at the Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) developed and tested the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED). Research showed that the RED was effective at reducing readmissions and posthospital emergency department (ED) visits. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contracted with BUMC to develop this toolkit to assist hospitals, particularly those that serve diverse populations, to replicate the RED. An updated version was recently released.Read More »
On a stormy evening this spring, nurses at Dr. Gary Stuck’s family practice were on the phone with patients with heart ailments, asking them not to shovel snow. The idea was to keep them out of the hospital, and that effort — combined with dozens more like it — is starting to make a difference: across the city, doctors are providing less, but not worse, health care. (Source: NY Times)Read More »
A pilot program focusing on transitions between levels of care—including hospitals and skilled nursing facilities—has yielded hugely successful outcomes in reducing rehospitalizations, with the potential of spreading to more post-acute senior care settings. (Source: Senior Housing News)Read More »